Phenomenal Women

Published on August 14th, 2011 | by thevyne


Woman to Watch: Sage Steele

Birthday: November 28

Birthplace: Panama

Current Residence: Connecticut

Occupation: Sports Anchor on ESPN

Education: BS degree in Sports Communications from Indiana University

Childhood: Sage’s father was in the army and was stationed in the Panama Canal zone when Sage was born. By age 11 she had already lived in four different countries.

Sports Roots: Sage’s father, Gary Steele, was the first black player to play varsity football for Westpoint.

Living her Dream: From the time she was in 8th grade, Sage wanted to be a sports anchor on ESPN.

Career Highlights: After college, Sage spent a few years working in local broadcast television in Indiana with roles ranging from producer to reporter to sports anchor. In 1998 she moved to Tampa, FL where she was a sports reporter at WFTS and Fox Sports Florida before moving to Bethesda, MD where she was a sports anchor for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Sage reportedly turned down working for ESPN twice before joining in 2007 as an anchor for the 6pm edition of SportsCenter. Since then she has been on multiple shows on the network including First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and ESPN2’s SportsNation.

Quotable: “As women we have to be better. Is that right? No, but it is how it is.” 

Family: Sage is married to Jonathan Bailey (who she met in college) and has three children (two daughters and a son)

Recent Award: Earlier this year Sage was awarded the 2011 Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Indiana, University.

Watch Sage talk about her career and some of the challenges she has experienced as a result of her race:


Sage Steele of ESPN shares her story by rollingoutTELEVISION


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